- To relate is defined as to have a connection to or tell the story of.
- An example of to relate is someone expressing how busy they've been and their friend understands because they have also been very busy.
- An example of to relate is someone telling another about the events of their day.
- to tell the story of or give an account of; narrate; recount
- to connect or associate, as in thought or meaning; show as having to do with; show a relation between: to relate theory and practice
Origin: from Classical Latin relatus, past participle of referre, to bring back: see refer
- to have some connection or relation (to)
- to show sympathetic understanding and awareness in one's personal relationships
- to understand and sympathize or agree with someone or something: with to: I can't relate to what you're saying
- to have reference (to)
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verb re·lat·ed, re·lat·ing, re·lates verb, transitive
- To narrate or tell. See Synonyms at describe.
- To bring into or link in logical or natural association. See Synonyms at join.
- To establish or demonstrate a connection between.
- To have connection, relation, or reference: The symbols relate to an earlier system.
- To have or establish a reciprocal relationship; interact: She doesn't relate well to her peers.
- To react in response, especially favorably: I just can't relate to these new fashions.
Origin: Obsolete French relater, from Old French, from Latin relātus, past participle of referre : re-, re- + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
- re·latˈa·ble adjective
- re·latˈer noun